Amazon has this bizarre feature I don’t understand called a “PayPhrase”. I really have no idea what it does, but it makes up these inexplicable phrases and puts them under the purchasing links. The very first one I saw said “Shawn’s Futile Excursion”.
The book I was shopping for is titled Build Your Own V8 RX-7
. (It’s not a terribly useful book, by the way. Easily 70 of its 100 pages are filler. The forum
from which it came is a far better resource.)
See, a couple years ago, I bought myself a ridiculous present. It looked like this:
It’s an old Italian car built by a little country called Japan. It’s famous for being powered by an entertaining (but horribly inefficient) engine that was designed by a German fellow with a funny name
. It’s also famous for breaking down a lot. I just think it’s beautiful.
Even at the time, I knew I was buying inevitable heartbreak and engine failure. But at least I’d enjoy it for a while, then eventually figure out what to do when its little gaskets and seals failed. Of course, that failure came almost immediately, and what I ended up doing was letting the car sit idle for a year.
And then, suddenly, progress! This week, I made a small modification to the car’s ride height:
Next, I started in on some weight reduction mods:
It’s much lighter now, but it’s got a few more pounds to lose before I can install this fuel-economy improvement mod:
I guess not everyone is interested in ugly photos of unidentifiable engine parts, but if you are for some reason I’ll be adding photos to this album
as I go. Dwight, I can’t thank you enough for forcing me to finally start working on this thing. It looks much more doable now that we’ve started.
Oh, and if you’re in the area and like to turn wrenches on other people’s cars, or just want to watch me swear at stuck fasteners and almost certainly injure myself hilariously, let me know!